The line of descent for Charles A. Branscomb:
(Note: Hereinafter the first three digits of the identification numbers are omitted. Please check the Author's Notes for an explanation of the numbering system I use for identifying individuals within any family.)
1A. Charles Branscomb, b. ca. 1857 in Maysville, MO, d. Friday,17 February 1928. in Tacoma, WA. Md. ca. 1878 Esther F. Miles, b. ca. 1860 WI. Charles was 12 years old when his father was killed, and, as shown in the page for Joseph Edmond, he lived with his stepfather after his mother remarried. When he was 19 years old Charles persuaded his Uncle Will (#8) to go with him in search of Jacob Stoffle, the killer of their father. Stoffle and his colleagues were reported to have killed several deputies from DeKalb County who had tried earlier to capture him, so it was a dangerous undertaking. Charles and William captured Stoffle and brought him back to DeKalb Co. for trial. The information which Betty Lawrence obtained from the DeKalb County Historical Society included also a copy of an undated letter from Charles’s daughter Esther Branscomb saying that she could never get her Daddy to talk about the capture.
The 1880 census showed Charles and his family in Hill City, Graham County, KS (p. 226C). The census gives Charles’s age as 21, His wife Esther was 20, and their daughter Jessie, b. KS, was 11 months old. With them was Esther’s 13-year-old brother James Miles. The family has not yet been located in the 1900 census, but at least by 1908 they were in Grangeville, Idaho. The Idaho County Free Press published this news on 7 January 1909:
C. A. Branscombe purchased the Globe Monday and has taken possession of same. Mr. Branscombe is an old newspaper man with many years of experience who is a father-in-law of Mr. Foster of the Leader where he was employed for some time. But, hankering for his chosen profession he joined the Standard News force where he has been for the past six months. The paper will continue supporting the republican policies. Success to the new editor.
The Globe was begun circa 1904 and continued until the early 1920s. Charles served as editor until 1917.
The 1910 census for Idaho County shows Charles and his family in Grangeville; Charles was 52 years old, b. MO. His occupation was printer and editor. He and Esther had been married 32 years, and they had five children. The three children still at home were Charles A. Jr, 16; Virginia, 14; and Ruth, 12.
On 19 April 1915 Charles A. Branscombe Sr. received from Richard B. Kading a deed for a large lot one block away from Main Street in Grangeville, at a cost of $1.00 (Book 38, p. 539).
The Idaho County Free Press also announced Charles’s retirement as editor of The Globe: a front-page headline in its edition of 25 October 1917 (Vol. 32, # 23) read: “Change in Globe Ownership; George A. Smith buys all but six shares of printing company." The article stated that Charles A. Branscombe was retiring from the newspaper after nine years because of ill health. By that date Charles had moved to Tacoma where the climate was thought to be more favorable, and his family was expected to join him there soon.
The 1920 census (44-229-6-46) showed Charles and his family in Spokane:
|Branscombe, Charles Sr.
(Miles was Esther’s maiden name. The age shown for Eva is not sufficient for her to be Esther’s mother, but ages were not always reported correctly. Was Eva a sister-in-law?)
The Idaho County Free Press also carried a death notice for Charles. On 23 February 1928 an article was headed, “Former Journalist Passes At Tacoma.” Then, “Charles A. Branscombe, former publisher of the Grangeville Globe, Aged 69, died Friday. Born in Maysville, MO. No survivors residing here.”
In Grangeville Esther was initiated into the Order of the Eastern Star, Mountain Queen Chapter #11, and in 1917 she became Worthy Matron. She presided at meetings that year until she departed for Tacoma.
Data for the five children is sparse. All were born in Kansas.
- 1A1. Jessie Branscomb, b. 1879, md. prior to 1910 (given name unknown) Foster. By 1920 she and her two children were living in the home of her parents.
- 1A2. Esther Branscomb is known only by virtue of the aforementioned letter she wrote to the DeKalb Co., MO, Historical Society. Since the names and approximate birthdates of the other four children are derived from the censuses, it can be inferred that Esther was the second child. The Grangeville newspapers mentioned Miss Branscomb several times in the society columns, but it is not clear which daughter is indicated. Some of the mentions were in the Idaho County Free Press. An article on 10 February 1910 mentions the visit of B. F. Aldrich of Centralia, WA, as a son-in-law of Charles Branscombe. Since Jessie was married to a Foster and Virginia and Ruth were too young to be married by 1910, Esther was probably the daughter who married Aldrich. That surmise is based upon the assumptions that (1) the undated letter Esther Branscomb wrote about her grandfather’s death was written prior to her marriage and (2) our list of children for Charles is complete. The article stated that Aldrich operated “a cloak and suit house” in Centralia, that he had “located” there about a year ago, and that business was good.
- 1A3. Charles A. Branscomb, Jr., b. ca. 1894. On 18 April 1916 Eli A. Ingram and Charles A. Branscombe Jr. purchased a lot in downtown Grangeville from the trustees of the Christian Science Society (Item #71164). A decade later, on 14 October 1926, they sold it back to the trustees (Item #83163). At that time Charles Jr. was residing in Spokane, WA; his wife was named as Beulah.
- 1A4. Virginia Branscomb, b. ca. 1895
- 1A5. Ruth Branscomb, b. ca. 1898
These numbers may change if additional children are identified.
(Marjorie Warren of Grangeville, ID, provided information about #1A Charles and his family from Idaho County records. [Marjorie descends from Henry Branscomb, s/o John s/o Richard the immigrant.])
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